Our Researchers

Dr. Tomás Araya-Schmidt
Fisheries technologist and Instructor
(709) 778-0384
Research Areas:
Fishing gear technology, Fish behaviour, Bycatch reduction, Seabed impact reduction, Species and size selectivity, Conservation engineering.

Dr. Tomas Araya-Schmidt is a fisheries scientist with expertise in sustainable fishing practices and aquatic resource conservation. With a Master's degree in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science and Technology, he brings a strong background in applied research. Driven by a passion for improving fisheries sustainability, he has conducted extensive fieldwork and tested innovative fishing technologies. His expertise lies in identifying innovative approaches and technologies to enhance selectivity, minimize bycatch, mitigate seabed impacts, and optimize the overall performance of fishing gears. Through his research, he has contributed valuable insights and practical solutions to promote sustainable fishing practices and the long-term viability of marine ecosystems.

To inquire on future opportunities, you may contact Dr. Araya-Schmidt directly.


Fisheries Technology, Marine Studies, Fisheries Resource Management – Master’s Degree

Araya-Schmidt, T., Bayse, S. M., Winger, P. D., and Frank, C. H. 2023. Smaller bar spacings in a Nordmøre grid reduces the bycatch of redfish (Sebastes spp.) in the offshore Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) fishery of eastern Canada. Aquaculture and Fisheries. 8 (6): 661-671. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aaf.2023.01.009

Araya-Schmidt, T., Bayse, S. M., Winger, P. D., and Santos, M. R. 2022. Juvenile redfish (Sebastes spp.) behavior in response to Nordmøre grid systems in the offshore northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) fishery of Eastern Canada. Frontiers in Marine Science, 0, 1878. https://doi.org/10.3389/FMARS.2022.920429

Araya-Schmidt, T., Legge, G., Santos, M., Bayse, S.M., and Winger, P.D. 2021. Flume tank testing of an innovative footgear technology using simulated seabeds. Journal of Ocean Technology. 16 (2): 62-84.

Araya-Schmidt, T., Winger, P.D., Santos, M.R., Moret, K., DeLouche, H., Legge, G., Bayse, S.M. 2021. Investigating the performance of a roller footgear in the offshore shrimp fishery of Eastern Canada using underwater video. Fisheries Research. 240, 105968. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2021.105968

Araya-Schmidt T, Olsen L, Rindahl L, Larsen RB, Winger PD. 2019. Alternative bait trials in the Barents Sea snow crab fishery. PeerJ 7:e6874 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6874

Araya-Schmidt, T., Queirolo, D. 2019. Breaking strength evaluation of biodegradable twines to reduce ghost fishing in the pot and trap fisheries of Chile. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 47 (1): 201-205. http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol47-issue1-fulltext-24